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2003 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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Index: Races by country | Races by season
Michael Schumacher was F1 world champion for Ferrari with 93 points.
Kimi Räikkönen was just two points behind Schumacher with 91 for McLaren.
Juan Pablo Montoya was third with the Williams team and 82 points.

The 2003 Formula One season was the 54th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship, which commenced on March 9, 2003 and ended on October 12 after sixteen races. World Championship titles were awarded for Drivers and Constructors.

The 2003 season saw the introduction of rules and regulations to improve F1's excitement and to help the financial difficulties of the smaller teams. One-lap qualifying was introduced as a way for smaller teams to get more TV time. Optional Friday testing was introduced to help reduce testing costs and to give smaller teams a cheaper alternative to testing in exchange for less testing miles on test days (which were banned in 2004). Only one type of wet weather tyre was allowed to be used in wet weather races. The scoring system was changed to 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 in an attempt to make the constructors' and drivers' title races closer.

While Ferrari's Michael Schumacher had won the 2002 championship by 67 points from his team-mate Rubens Barrichello, the 2003 season was much closer. For a great part of the 2003 season, several drivers from several teams had mathematical chances of competing for the world championship. Eight different drivers won a Grand Prix, amongst them three first time winners. Kimi Räikkönen, driving for McLaren-Mercedes, and Juan Pablo Montoya, driving for BMW Williams, both had a chance of claiming the 2003 championship until late in the season, with Räikkönen still mathematically in contention at the final race, the Japanese Grand Prix. Räikkönen lost the championship to Schumacher by two points, although he won only one race to Schumacher's six. Ferrari's defence of the constructor's title was challenged throughout the year by Williams and McLaren, one of the few seasons where there were three frontrunning teams.

Notable races include the chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix which was hampered by monsoon conditions, and the British Grand Prix where the track was invaded by the now-defrocked priest Neil Horan, who ran onto the Hangar straight, running towards the 250 km/h train of cars, wearing a green kilt and waving religious banners.

After failing to complete the 2002 season due to financial difficulties, the Arrows team had their application for admission to the 2003 season rejected by the FIA prior to the season start date. No reason was publicly given by the FIA, and Arrows subsequently folded after 25 years in Formula One.

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Drivers and constructors

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No Driver Test driver(s)
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2002
F2003-GA
Ferrari 051 3.0 V10
Ferrari 052 3.0 V10
B 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Luca Badoer
Brazil Felipe Massa
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
United Kingdom BMW.WilliamsF1 Team Williams FW25 BMW P83 3.0 V10 M 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 1
Spain Marc Gené 2
Brazil Ricardo Sperafico
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher
Spain Marc Gené
United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-17D Mercedes FO110M 3.0 V10
Mercedes FO110P 3.0 V10
M 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Alexander Wurz
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R23
R23B
Renault RS23 3.0 V10 M 7 Italy Jarno Trulli United Kingdom Allan McNish
France Franck Montagny [1]
8 Spain Fernando Alonso
Switzerland Sauber Petronas Sauber C22 Petronas 03A 3.0 V10 B 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Neel Jani
10 Germany Heinz Harald Frentzen
Republic of Ireland Jordan Ford Jordan EJ13 Ford RS1 3.0 V10 B 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner
Sweden Björn Wirdheim
Japan Satoshi Motoyama
12 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman 3
Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner
United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar Racing R4 Cosworth CR-5 3.0 V10 M 14 Australia Mark Webber Germany Andre Lotterer
15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia
United Kingdom Justin Wilson 4
United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 005 Honda RA003E 3.0 V10 B 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 5
Japan Takuma Sato
Japan Takuma Sato
17 United Kingdom Jenson Button
Italy European Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS03 Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 B 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Denmark Nicolas Kiesa
Italy Matteo Bobbi
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Denmark Nicolas Kiesa 6
19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen
Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF103 Toyota RVX-03 3.0 V10 M 20 France Olivier Panis Brazil Ricardo Zonta
21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta

Driver changes

Felipe Massa left his Sauber drive to assume the duties of test driver for Ferrari. Jenson Button left Renault to take Panis' seat at BAR. Fernando Alonso moved up from the Renault test driving slot to a full time drive, replacing Jenson Button. Heinz Harald Frentzen joined Sauber to take over from Massa. Frentzen had driven for the Arrows team for part of the 2002 season, but left after the German Grand Prix. The Arrows team folded several days later without contesting another Grand Prix. Takuma Sato left the Jordan team to take the place of several others (Anthony Davidson, Darren Manning, Ryo Fukuda and Patrick Lemarié) as the sole test driver for BAR, being replaced by new driver Ralph Firman.

Team changes

Toyota announced midway through the 2002 season that both drivers (Mika Salo and Allan McNish) would be replaced. Olivier Panis joined from BAR and Cristiano da Matta signed from the Newman Haas team in the CART series. After being replaced at Toyota, Allan McNish signed with Renault as a test driver. Jaguar replaced both Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa. Their new drivers were Mark Webber and Antônio Pizzonia. At Minardi, Webber's vacated seat was filled by Justin Wilson. Alex Yoong's Minardi contract from 2002 was not renewed and he was replaced in that team by Jos Verstappen.

Formula One 2003 race schedule

Round Race Date Location
1 Australian Grand Prix 9 March Australia Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne
2 Malaysian Grand Prix 23 March Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur
3 Brazilian Grand Prix 6 April Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo
4 San Marino Grand Prix 20 April Italy Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola
5 Spanish Grand Prix 4 May Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
6 Austrian Grand Prix 18 May Austria A1-Ring, Spielberg
7 Monaco Grand Prix 1 June Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
8 Canadian Grand Prix 15 June Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
9 European Grand Prix 29 June Germany Nürburgring
10 French Grand Prix 6 July France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours
11 British Grand Prix 20 July United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit
12 German Grand Prix 3 August Germany Hockenheimring
13 Hungarian Grand Prix 24 August Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest
14 Italian Grand Prix 14 September Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza
15 United States Grand Prix 28 September United States Indianapolis Motor Speedway
16 Japanese Grand Prix 12 October Japan Suzuka Circuit

Results and standings

Grands Prix

Rd. Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Constructor Report
1 Australia Australian Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Germany Michael Schumacher Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
3 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Republic of Ireland Jordan-Ford Report
4 San Marino San Marino Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
5 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Brazil Rubens Barrichello Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
6 Austria Austrian Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
7 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Germany Ralf Schumacher Finland Kimi Räikkönen Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW Report
8 Canada Canadian Grand Prix Germany Ralf Schumacher Spain Fernando Alonso Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
9 Germany European Grand Prix Finland Kimi Räikkönen Finland Kimi Räikkönen Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW Report
10 France French Grand Prix Germany Ralf Schumacher Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW Report
11 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari Report
12 Germany German Grand Prix Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW Report
13 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault Report
14 Italy Italian Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
15 United States United States Grand Prix Finland Kimi Räikkönen Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
16 Japan Japanese Grand Prix Brazil Rubens Barrichello Germany Ralf Schumacher Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari Report

Drivers

Points for the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship for Drivers were awarded on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis to the top eight finishers at each round.[2]

Pos Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BRA
Brazil
SMR
San Marino
ESP
Spain
AUT
Austria
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
EUR
Europe
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
JPN
Japan
Pts
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 4 6 Ret 1 1 1 3 1 5 3 4 7 8 1 1 8 93
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 3 1 2 2 Ret 2 2 6 Ret 4 3 Ret 2 4 2 2 91
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 2 12 Ret 7 4 Ret 1 3 2 2 2 1 3 2 6 Ret 82
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ret 2 Ret 3 3 3 8 5 3 7 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret 1 65
5 Germany Ralf Schumacher 8 4 7 4 5 6 4 2 1 1 9 Ret 4 Ret 12 58
6 Spain Fernando Alonso 7 3 3 6 2 Ret 5 4 4 Ret Ret 4 1 8 Ret Ret 55
7 United Kingdom David Coulthard 1 Ret 4 5 Ret 5 7 Ret 15 5 5 2 5 Ret Ret 3 51
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 5 5 8 13 Ret 8 6 Ret Ret Ret 6 3 7 Ret 4 5 33
9 United Kingdom Jenson Button 10 7 Ret 8 9 4 DNS Ret 7 Ret 8 8 10 Ret Ret 4 17
10 Australia Mark Webber Ret Ret 9 Ret 7 7 Ret 7 6 6 14 11 6 7 Ret 11 17
11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6 9 5 11 Ret DNS Ret Ret 9 12 12 Ret Ret 13 3 Ret 13
12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ret Ret 1 15 Ret Ret 10 Ret 12 Ret Ret 13 Ret 10 7 Ret 12
13 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Ret* 11 10 12 6 10 9 11 Ret 11 7 6 11 Ret 9 7 10
14 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ret 8 Ret 10 10 Ret 11 Ret 8 13 17 10 9 9 5 9 6
15 France Olivier Panis Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 13 8 Ret 8 11 5 Ret Ret Ret 10 6
16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 9 Ret 6 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret 9 10 9 Ret 6 Ret 6
17 Spain Marc Gené 5 4
18 Japan Takuma Sato 6 3
19 United Kingdom Ralph Firman Ret* 10 Ret Ret 8 11 12 Ret 11 15 13 Ret Ret 14 1
20 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Ret* Ret Ret Ret 11 13 Ret Ret 13 14 16 Ret Ret Ret 8 13 1
21 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia Ret* Ret Ret 14 Ret 9 Ret 10 10 10 Ret 0
22 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 11 13 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 9 14 16 15 Ret 12 Ret 10 15 0
23 Denmark Nicolas Kiesa 12* 13 12 11 16 0
24 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Ret* 11 0
Pos Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BRA
Brazil
SMR
San Marino
ESP
Spain
AUT
Austria
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
EUR
Germany
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
JPN
Japan
Pts
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest lap
* – Formula 1 debut

Pos Driver Constructor(s) Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps Points
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 16 6 8 5 5 93
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren Mercedes 16 1 10 2 3 91
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams BMW 16 2 9 1 3 82
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 16 2 8 3 3 65
5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams BMW 15 2 3 3 1 58
6 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 16 1 4 2 1 55
7 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren Mercedes 16 1 3 0 0 51
8 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 16 0 1 0 0 33
9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR Honda 15 0 0 0 0 17
10 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar Cosworth 16 0 0 0 0 17
11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber Petronas 16 0 1 0 0 13
12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Republic of Ireland Jordan Ford 16 1 1 0 0 12
13 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 16 0 0 0 0 10
14 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber Petronas 16 0 0 0 0 6
15 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 16 0 0 0 0 6
16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR Honda 15 0 0 0 0 6
17 Spain Marc Gené United Kingdom Williams BMW 1 0 0 0 0 4
18 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR Honda 1 0 0 0 0 3
19 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman Republic of Ireland Jordan Ford 14 0 0 0 0 1
20 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Italy Minardi Cosworth
United Kingdom Jaguar Cosworth
16 0 0 0 0 1
21 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar Cosworth 11 0 0 0 0 0
22 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi Cosworth 16 0 0 0 0 0
23 Denmark Nicolas Kiesa Italy Minardi Cosworth 5 0 0 0 0 0
24 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Republic of Ireland Jordan Ford 2 0 0 0 0 0

Constructors

Points for the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship for Constructors were awarded on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis to the top eight finishers at each round.[2]

Pos Constructor [3][4] AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BRA
Brazil
SMR
San Marino
ESP
Spain
AUT
Austria
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
EUR
Germany
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
JPN
Japan
Pts
1 Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 4 6 Ret 1 1 1 3 1 5 3 4 7 8 1 1 8 158
Ret 2 Ret 3 3 3 8 5 3 7 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret 1
2 United Kingdom BMW WilliamsF1 Team 2 12 Ret 7 4 Ret 1 3 2 2 2 1 3 2 6 Ret 144
8 4 7 4 5 6 4 2 1 1 9 Ret 4 5 Ret 12
3 United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes 3 1 2 2 Ret 2 2 6 Ret 4 3 Ret 2 4 2 2 142
1 Ret 4 5 Ret 5 7 Ret 15 5 5 2 5 Ret Ret 3
4 France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team 7 3 3 6 2 Ret 5 4 4 Ret Ret 4 1 8 Ret Ret 88
5 5 8 13 Ret 8 6 Ret Ret Ret 6 3 7 Ret 4 5
5 United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda 10 7 Ret 8 9 4 DNS Ret 7 Ret 8 8 10 Ret Ret 4 26
9 Ret 6 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret 9 10 9 Ret 6 Ret 6
6 Switzerland Sauber Petronas 6 9 5 11 Ret DNS Ret Ret 9 12 12 Ret Ret 13 3 Ret 19
Ret 8 Ret 10 10 Ret 11 Ret 8 13 17 10 9 9 5 9
7 United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Ret Ret 9 Ret 7 7 Ret 7 6 6 14 11 6 7 Ret 11 18
Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret 9 Ret 10 10 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 13
8 Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Ret 11 10 12 6 10 9 11 Ret 11 7 6 11 Ret 9 7 16
Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 13 8 Ret 8 11 5 Ret Ret Ret 10
9 Republic of Ireland Jordan Ford Ret Ret 1 15 Ret Ret 10 Ret 12 Ret Ret 13 Ret 10 7 Ret 13
Ret 10 Ret Ret 8 11 12 Ret 11 15 13 Ret Ret 11 Ret 14
10 Italy European Minardi Cosworth Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 13 Ret Ret 13 14 16 12 13 12 11 16 0
11 13 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 9 14 16 15 Ret 12 Ret 10 15
Pos Constructor AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BRA
Brazil
SMR
San Marino
ESP
Spain
AUT
Austria
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
EUR
Germany
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
JPN
Japan
Pts
Pos Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps Points
1 Italy Ferrari F2002
F2003-GA
Ferrari 051 V10
Ferrari 052 V10
B 16 8 16 8 8 158
2 United Kingdom Williams-BMW FW25 BMW P83 V10 M 16 4 12 4 4 144
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes MP4-17D Mercedes Benz F0110M V 10 M 16 2 13 2 3 142
4 France Renault R23
R23B
Renault RS23 V10 M 16 1 5 2 1 88
5 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 005 Honda RA003E V10 B 15 0 0 0 0 26
6 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas C22 Petronas 03A V10 B 16 0 1 0 0 19
7 United Kingdom Jaguar-Cosworth R4 Cosworth CR-5 V10 M 16 0 0 0 0 18
8 Japan Toyota TF103 Toyota RVX-03 V10 M 16 0 0 0 0 16
9 Republic of Ireland Jordan-Ford EJ13 Ford CR-5 V10 B 16 1 1 0 0 13
10 Italy Minardi-Cosworth PS03 Cosworth CR-3 V10 B 16 0 0 0 0 0

Qualifying results

Car
No
Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BRA
Brazil
SAN
San Marino
ESP
Spain
AUT
Austria
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
EUR
Germany
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
JPN
Japan
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 1 3 7 1 1 1 5 3 2 3 5 6 8 1 7 14
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 2 5 1 3 2 5 7 5 5 8 1 3 5 3 2 1
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 3 8 9 4 9 3 3 2 4 2 7 1 4 2 4 2
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 9 17 6 2 7 10 1 1 3 1 4 2 2 5 20
Spain Marc Gene 5
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 11 4 2 12 8 14 6 11 9 5 12 10 9 8 8 7
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 15 7 4 6 20 2 2 20 1 4 3 5 7 4 1 8
7 Italy Jarno Trulli 12 2 5 16 4 6 4 8 6 6 2 4 6 6 10 19
8 Spain Fernando Alonso 10 1 10 8 3 19 8 4 8 7 8 8 1 20 6 5
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld 7 6 12 11 14 4 14 12 20 15 16 15 11 16 13 11
10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 4 13 14 14 10 15 15 10 15 16 14 14 17 14 15 12
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 13 14 8 17 17 9 12 16 13 17 15 12 13 13 17 16
12 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman 17 20 16 19 15 16 16 19 14 18 17 18 18 15
Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner 19 18
14 Australia Mark Webber 14 16 3 5 12 17 9 6 11 9 11 11 3 11 14 6
15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 18 15 17 15 16 8 13 13 16 11 10
United Kingdom Justin Wilson 16 12 15 16 10
16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 6 12 13 7 11 12 11 14 17 12 9 13 16 10 12
Japan Takuma Sato 13
17 United Kingdom Jenson Button 8 9 11 9 5 7 - 17 12 14 20 17 14 7 11 9
18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson 20 19 20 18 18 18 19 18 19 20 18
Denmark Nicolas Kiesa 20 20 19 20 18
19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 19 18 19 20 19 20 18 15 18 19 19 19 18 17 19 17
20 France Olivier Panis 5 10 15 10 6 11 17 7 7 10 13 7 10 9 3 4
21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 16 11 18 13 13 13 10 9 10 13 6 9 15 12 9 3

See also

Formula One portal

References

  1. ^ Anointed test driver for one race in 2003
  2. ^ a b 2003 Formula One Sporting Regulations Retrieved from web.archive.org on 13 October 2009
  3. ^ FIA Championship Classifications Retrived from web.archive.org on 13 October 2009
  4. ^ Automobile Year, 2003/04, page 256

Notes

  1. Pizzonia was offered a test driving role at Jaguar but turned it down, and would later resurface as a test driver at BMW-Williams.
  2. Williams driver Marc Gené replaced Ralf Schumacher, in Italy.
  3. Ralph Firman suffered injuries as a result of a crash during practice in Hungary. He was replaced by Zsolt Baumgartner for two races before returning to finish the season in the EJ13.
  4. Having started the season driving for Minardi, Justin Wilson later joined the Jaguar team and filled in for the under-performing Antônio Pizzonia for the last 5 races of the season.
  5. Denmark's Nicolas Kiesa took over Wilson's vacated seat in the Minardi.
  6. After a string of disappointing results in 2003, Jacques Villeneuve was replaced at BAR by test driver Takuma Sato for the Japanese GP. Villeneuve would later drive for Renault in 2004 as a replacement driver, and sign a multi-year contract at Sauber for 2005 (though he was replaced in 2006).
  7. Renault took part in the Friday testing session. People thought it was not only odd, because not only were they a manufacturer, but also they would get less testing miles. However, Mike Gascoyne the technical director for Renault in 2003 said that not only did Renault save money, Renault also got MORE testing mileage out of their cars.

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Simple English

The 2003 Formula One season was the 54th edition of the championship. The champion was Michael Schumacher in a close battle. Ferrari won the constructor's championship.








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